Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book Cover Junkie with Mystery Bestselling Author Tom Carter

Bestselling author Tom Carter is a longtime Nashville who lives with his wife, Janie, a few miles from Nashville’s legendary Music Row. 

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Tell us about your book!  What is it about and what inspired
you to write it?

Nashville: Music and Murder is my first novel among 18 books within my body of work, including seven New York Times and two USA Today best-sellers. I wrote my fiction intentionally set in Music Row, Nashville's commercially creative arts neighborhood that boasts recording studios, music publishing houses and celebrity offices.  Music Row is to Nashville what Hollywood is to Los Angeles.  One difference?  Eighty-seven novels have been set in Hollywood, while not one "significant" novel has been set in Music Row.  So I set my novel there. 

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like?  Did
you go indie or the traditional way?

For the first time during twenty-nine years of writing non-fiction, I opted to self publish.  The incentives were attractive, as my self-publisher distributes to tens of thousands of worldwide retailers and eBook distribution from more than 70 online partners serving reader across the globe.  

How did you choose the title for your book?   Did it come to 
you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come

I invented the title after writing the book.  I wanted the title
to be a miniature overview of the storyline.

Tell us about the cover design process.  Did you have a basic
idea of what your book cover would be like?

I retained an artist who’s also a designer and illustrator. 

How was your experience working with the designer?

It was great.

What has been the readers' response to your cover?

Everyone has said nice things.

What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a
cover designer?

Contact a book publicist.

Anything else you'd like to say about your book?

Not at this time.

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